PALMETTO, Fla. (WFLA) — A Palmetto man was shot and killed by police, and now FDLE is conducting an independent investigation.
Police say at around 1:33 Monday morning, officers were called the 1800 block of 5th Avenue West in Palmetto.
The caller said his son, 32-year-old Anthony Robinson, fired shots at the home. Some bullets apparently struck near where a child was sleeping.
Robinson was spotted and a chase ensued. The suspect eventually lost control of his car and crashed at Bayshore Road and 8th Avenue West.
Police say Robinson fled his car with a gun in hand and ran into the Old Memphis Cemetery.
Police chased him inside and shots were fired.
“That place over there was surrounded,” said neighbor Joe Johnson. “I heard between 10 to 20 [gunshots.]”
Police Chief Scott Tyler says he believes Robinson fired at the officers, but it is under investigation.
“[Robinson] was struck in the head and the face. He was struck in the arm and he was struck in the torso area,” said Tyler.
The officers who shot at Robinson were Cpl. Angel Uruchina and Madison Peters. Uruchina has been with the force for five years. Peters has been with the force for five months.
After Robinson was injured, officers and deputies provided first aid and transported him to Blake Medical Center, where he later died.
Per policy, FDLE is investigating the shooting and the two officers are on administrative leave.
“The appearance is that they were [shot at], but I don’t want to prejudge one way or another I’m anxious to hear what FDLE has to say about their independent investigation,” said Tyler.
“Police work sometimes is violent…I just hope that the community is patient and allows the impartial investigation to take place before we jump to conclusions,” he added.
FDLE spent hours combing the area for evidence and agents interviewed everyone involved.
“It’s easy to say that the police overreacted, but we’re also dealing with a very violent crime that had just occurred and this is the individual that perpetrated it. These two police officers are going to carry this with them for the rest of their lives, so I think they’re doing as well as they can, I’m concerned about them.”
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